In the summer of 2006 a man was charged with impersonating a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers football team (the Super Bowl winners the previous season). He told a woman he was tight end Jerame Tuman in order to convince her to loan him $3,200, which he did not repay. He was charged with theft by deception, ordered to undergo psychological counseling, and sentenced to 30 days in jail.
But that wasn't the first time he had pretended to be a Steeler. The previous year he had impersonated star quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, as well as his backup, so he could meet women and get dates.
Reference: The Arizona Republic, 8/26/06
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